I sure don’t live the glamorous life. I am in a season of my life where I might go one too many days without a shower and have my daughter tell me, “Mommy, you need to get dressed!”. If you walk through my kitchen, you might trip on a toy or get a noodle or cheerio stuck to your foot. It is quite impossible to keep the floor clean for more than 30 minutes. But that is life when you have 3 kids, 3 and under. It’s loud and messy and exhausting! I know you other moms can relate…right?! SOMEtimes when I am nursing our almost 11 week old, the older two will play nicely in the playroom with their toys…BUT often times, I am listening and praying that nothing too important is getting destroyed or that nothing really bad is happening because it would be really difficult for me to get up and tend to that right now, ha!
Sometimes I catch myself in these crazy days, rushing through the moments. It reminds me of the lyrics in Alabama’s song, “I’m in a hurry to get things done. I rush and rush until life’s no fun. All I really gotta do is live and die, but I’m in a hurry and don’t know why”. I’m guilty of being in a hurry to check things off my list and on to the next task without stopping to smell the roses.
The Lord is reminding me the importance of slowing down. When we slow down, we have a chance to realize why we are doing what we are doing. When I am hurrying on to the next thing, I am not able to really love those around me. I’m not able to sit and really listen…I’m not able to serve someone else. I get too focused on ME and what I need to do and what I want to get done. Sadly it can be at the expense of rushing through what could be sweet moments with my little ones and precious time with my husband. I easily lose sight of God’s calling and purpose of living a life of servanthood and humility.
In the gospel of Mark Jesus teaches His disciples what it means to be great in His kingdom.
They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.
Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” Mark 9:33-37
Matthew 18:4 says, Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
My job as a mom may not be glamorous, but it teaches me and reminds me to be humble and serve others. I look up to my husband in this regard because he has the beautiful heart of a servant and is good at slowing down and enjoying every moment.
Tonight when I put my kids to bed, I think I will take the extra time to read that extra story and sing that extra song. I don’t want to rush these sweet moments. I want to take the time to love, listen, and serve. Lord, help me to do this each and every day :).